Rules & Procedures

Rules & Procedures
Midwest Thunder Series
The Midwest Thunder (MWT) Series weekend events will be conducted in two racing day
sessions consisting of Saturday: HONDA, ROOKIE and WORLD FORMULA and Sunday:
ANIMAL & Mod World Formula. Drivers may sign in for a total of five (5) quarter midget classes
per weekend event. However, no more than three (3) classes per driver may be entered per
day. Friday night sign-ins will be from 6 pm – 8 pm. Saturday sign-ins will be from 8-9 a.m. with
practice rounds beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday sign-ins should start as early as possible. Proof
of USAC membership for both handler and driver is required at sign-ins.

 

Each class will have 2-minute practice round with no more than 5 cars per session (may be 3
minute practice round based on car count/weather). There will be one pause for a caution on
the clock for practice. At the conclusion of practice there will be a break then heat races will
begin, followed by break then lower mains will begin, followed by a break, the A Main races. A
curfew of 11:00 p.m. will be observed, but is at the discretion of the hosting club and the Chief
Steward.

 

Midwest Thunder Series Fees
A portion of the sign in fees from a MWT series event will be sent to the MWT Treasurer within
14 business days of the event. The fee is based on the number of cars, including Rookies, that
signed in for the event. The family membership fee is also due within 14 business days of the
event. Both fees may be included in one check. On the memo line, please write: (#of cars x
sign-in fee) (# of family memberships x fee). These fees are determined yearly at the annual
MWT Board and President’s meeting and are to be used for banquet expenses and MWT
Series awards.
Out of town drivers (not members of any MWT club) must pay an annual $25 MWT membership
fee at the first MWT event they race.

 

Fueling
Host clubs will not supply gasoline or methanol at the events. The event flyer will state the
designated fueling station for the purchase of 89 octane. Fuel (both gasoline and methanol) will
be checked after each heat race (or after each car qualifies) and at various times throughout the
event and at tech.

 

Pill Draw
At sign-ins, drivers will receive a practice class sheet. A pill draw will be conducted for heat race
lineups. Heat race lineups will be based on the pill draw (lowest to highest) 1-XXX. Once the
practice round is finished, lineups will be posted. It is the responsibility of the handler and/or
driver to make sure they obtain their correct qualifying or race line-up number.

 

Race Order
 

 Saturday    Sunday  

Practice/Heats  
Jr Honda
Sr Honda
Hvy Honda

Red Rookie
Lt WF

Hvy WF

Blue Rookie

Lt 160
Hvy 160

A-Mains
Red Rookie           
Blue Rookie  

Jr Honda
Sr Honda
Hvy Honda
Lt WF

Hvy WF

Lt 160
Hvy 160

Jr Animal

Sr Animal

Unr Animal

Lt MOD WF

Hvy MOD WF  

Jr Animal

Sr Animal

Unr Animal

Lt MOD WF

Hvy MOD WF

 

 

Racing
Heats and lower mains will NOT have warm-ups and will be “roll & go”, unless directed by the
Chief Steward. If a car comes into the hot chute during the “roll & go”, they will be placed on the
tail. The A-mains will have a 30 second warm-up with the clock stopping one time for caution,
unless directed by the Chief Steward.
3 courtesy laps will be given when a car is in the work area and there is a line up.
There will be a minimum of two races between MOD WF (Light and Heavy) lower main races.
3 Cars Constitute a Class - if there are less than 3 cars signing in for any class that class will not
be included in the race day event. This does not apply to Rookies.

 

Class

 

Rookie

Juniors

All Others 

Heat Race  

 

10

15

20 

Lower Mains  

 

15

20

25 

A Mains

 

20

30

40 


Time Limit Procedure
Time limits will be determined at the event based on car count and weather conditions. All
efforts will be made to not decrease the number of laps. Time limits may not be the same for
Saturday or Sunday or for subsequent events. Time limits, if required, for the A mains will be
determined as the day progresses.
If there is a red flag situation, time will stop and restart immediately when the green flag flies.

 

Time Up Under Green
If time expires while the green flag is displayed, the race will continue until a checkered flag,
yellow flag or red flag is thrown. The race finish will be the last completed lap with adjustments
for Strikes.

 

Time Up Under Yellow
If time expires during a yellow flag the race is over and the checkered flag will be displayed. The
race finish will be the last completed lap with adjustments for Strikes and appearances.

 

Refuel of MOD WF
There will be a five (5) minute time limit placed on each refueling. The tower will start a clock
after the cars are in place for fueling and all drivers have exited their cars. The time should be
displayed and visible from the track. If that is not possible, then the tower should announce the
countdown in 1-minute intervals and at 30 seconds to go. If the driver is not ready at the
conclusion of the time limit, the driver will start at the tail. If all of the cars on the track have
been refueled and safety checked before the time limit is up, the race will resume, even if there
are cars being worked on in the pits.

 

ORDER OF FINISH
DNF Did Not Finish (includes Strikes)
DNF Mechanical (drop part)
DNF Safety (loss of safety item)
DQ Flagrant Call
DQ Illegal (engine/tech item)
DNS Did Not Start (did not take the green)
DNA Did Not Attempt

 

Late Out Rule
Since each track has its own late out procedures, these rules will be discussed at the handlers’
meeting. However, we have adopted the USAC late out rule for 2014. If down and rolling with 1
to go will be allowed out. Note: a late out call will result in a Black Flag (DNF).

 

Chief Steward Authority
The Chief Steward has the authority to DQ a driver. See the current sanctioning body rulebook
for the complete list.
The Chief Steward’s DQ cannot be protested. The MWT Board has approved to follow USAC
RACE POINT FORMAT regarding DQ/DNF from Appendix III.

 

 USAC NATIONAL RACE POINTS FORMAT -

Engine Change (Starts at the tail of next race)

 

   

ALL points according to drop out/race
finish

 

DNF (Did Not Finish, Including Strikes)  

ALL points according to drop out/race
finish

 

DQ (Mechanical)  

ALL points according to drop out/race
finish

 

DQ (Safety - loss of driver-related safety item or
Does not conform to the Safety Check and
Registration Form)

 

 

ALL points according to drop out/race
finish

 

DQ (Flagrant call)  

ALL points according to drop out/race
finish

 

DQ (Illegal - engine/tech item)  

NO race points for the day, plus any
additional penalties for the particular
DQ. (Illegal engine/tires and illegal fuel
cannot be used as a drop.)

 

DQ (Unsportsmanlike conduct)  

NO race points for the day, plus any
additional penalties for this action.
Cannot be used as a drop.

 

DNS (Attempt to race, did not take the green flag)  

ALL points according to drop out/race
finish

 

DNA (Did Not Attempt to race ___-Main)  

No race points; OR will receive last
(10th or 11th) place points if driver/ car
participated in qualifying or heat race for
that class and event.

 

 

Medical Attention Procedure
If outside EMS services are called to the track to treat a driver, the driver must obtain a signed
medical release from the attending EMS personnel or doctor clearly stating that the driver is
cleared to resume their normal activities. If the parent or legal guardian refuses to allow the
driver to be transported to medical facilities, upon the advice of the medical personnel, for
further evaluation/treatment, that driver may not compete for the remainder of that day’s
activities unless the attending medical authority and the Safety Director, or his designee, both
agree that the driver may return to their normal activities for that day.

 

Tech Procedure
All 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners will go to impound. All technical inspections will be random.
Tech will be conducted in a designated area and only the following will be permitted access
when tech is being conducted: host club’s Tech Director and his designees, handler of car,
owner of car, driver of car, one other person (i.e. engine builder), MWT Board representative,
and Chief Steward.

 

Safety Check Procedure
USAC has adopted the policy of doing a thorough safety check and attaching a decal to the car.
This decal will signify that the car has previously been inspected and will not need to be
inspected at subsequent races for the remainder of the year. If a decal is needed, then the car
must be brought to the local designated safety director for a thorough safety
inspection. It is the sole responsibility of the handler to ensure a safety decal is affixed to the
car.
Cars will be inspected for the safety decal at the scales and after races. If a car does not have a
safety decal after a race, then the driver will receive a DQ and will not be able participate at
subsequent events until a safety inspection has been performed and a decal affixed. In addition,
all cars are subject to random safety checks throughout the year.

 

Staging and/or Hot Chute Areas
Tire warming devices of any kind (tire warmers, hot boxes, tire covers, any other device used to
warm tires) are NOT allowed in the staging lanes or hot chute area . The use of heat guns are
allowed to clean tires but will not be allowed in the hot chute or staging lanes.
• No tire prep or chemical treatment is permitted to be stored or applied on the grounds of the
racing facility.
• No driving through staging lanes or hot chute.
• No refueling with driver in car. No refueling under canopy staging areas.

 

Practice Round Setup
As soon as sign-ins are complete, practice round information should be sent to the pit steward.
Each practice round should have no more than 5 cars and the cars should be evenly distributed
between the rounds in each class. Use the table below to create the practice rounds. One
pause of the clock per round of practice for a caution.

 

# of cars

up to 5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23 

#of rounds

1

2

2

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

4

4

4

4

4

5

5

5

Cars in Each Round

5

3-3

4-3

4-4

5-4

5-5

4-4-3

4-4-4

5-4-4

5-5-4

5-5-5

4-4-4-4

5-4-4-4

5-5-4-4

5-5-5-4

5-5-5-5

5-4-4-4-4

5-5-4-4-4

5-5-5-4-4

# of cars 

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

# of rounds

5

5

6

6

6

6

6

7

7

7

7

7

8

8

8

8

8

9

Cars in Each Round

5-5-5-5-4

5-5-5-5-5

5-5-4-4-4-4

5-5-5-4-4-4

5-5-5-5-4-4

5-5-5-5-5-4

5-5-5-5-5-5

5-5-5-4-4-4-4

5-5-5-5-4-4-4

5-5-5-5-5-4-4

5-5-5-5-5-5-4

5-5-5-5-5-5-5

5-5-5-5-4-4-4-4

5-5-5-5-5-4-4-4

5-5-5-5-5-5-4-4

5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4

5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5

5-5-5-5-5-4-4-4-4

5-5-5-5-5-5-4-4-4 

 

Race Setup
1. First figure out how many heats, and mains there will be by using Table 1. Do not put
more than 8 cars in a heat. Red Rookie max cars 6, Blue Rookie max cars 8
2. Setup the heat races by evenly dividing the cars between the heat races. Lowest pill
starts on the pole in Heat #1 and the next lowest pill starts on the pole in Heat #2.
3. Denote the heat number and starting position on the sign in card. For example if a driver
is starting in the 4th position of Heat #1, put “H1 – 4” on the sign in card.
4. After the heat race, on the sign in card, denote the finishing position, the number of
passing points (if any) received, and the total points. See table 2.
5. At the conclusion of heat races for a class, sort the sign in cards in numerical order
based on total points. In the event of a tie in total points, the driver who first earned the
points shall be aligned in front of any subsequent driver earning the same number of
points. For example, if there were three heats and a driver in Heat #2 and Heat #3 have
53 points, the driver in Heat #2 with 53 points would be lined up BEFORE the driver in
Heat #3 with 53 points (regardless of heat finishing position).

6. Setup the A Main races by taking the appropriate number of cars (see table 1) from the
heat races. A Main races are straight up based on points received. The remaining cars
will be in the lower mains straight up based on points received.
7. At the conclusion lower mains, transfer the appropriate number of cars (see table 1)
straight up to the tail of the A Main races. Passing points are not used for lower main
races.

 

Midwest Thunder
CAR CLASS COUNT # of Races Note: if more than 8 cars adding an additional heat
1-12 2 1 or 2 Heats top 12 to A main
13-16 4 2 Heats, top 6 in Points to A Main; 1 Lower Main, transfer 4
17-20 5 3 Heats, top 6 in Points to A Main; 2 Lower Mains, transfer 4
21-22 6 3 Heats, top 6 in Points to A Main; 2 Lower Mains, transfer 4
23-28 7 3 or 4 Heats, top 6 in Points to A Main; 3 Lower Mains, transfer 4
29-30 8 4 Heats, top 6 in Points to A Main; 4 Lower Mains, transfer 4
31-34 9 4 or 5 Heats, top 6 in Points to A Main; 4 Lower Mains, transfer 4
35-40 10 5 Heats, top 6 in Points to A Main; 5 Lower Mains, transfer 4
42-45 12 6 Heats, top 6 in Points to A Main; 6 Lower Mains, transfer 4

 

USAC Passing Point Table 2
Finishing Position Points Given Passing Points
1 55
2 52 1 car @ 1= 1 pt
3 49 2 cars @ 1 = 2 pts
4 46 3 cars @ 1 = 3 pts
5 43 4 cars @ 1 = 4 pts
6 40 5 cars @ 1 = 5 pts
7 37 6 cars @ 1 = 6 pts
8 34 7 cars @ 1 = 7 pts
9 31 8 cars @ 1 = 8 pts
10 28 9 cars @ 1 = 9 pts

 

Time Limits on Races:
Rookies 20 minutes
Heats 15 minutes
Lowers 20 minutes
A-Mains 45 minutes

 

Rain Out Points
If race is called anytime before lower mains are finished for that class, everyone in that class will
receive 10 sign in points and 40 race points for 50 total points. If lower mains are completed
and A-Mains are set, then all drivers in the A-Main lineup, including the alternate, will get 10
sign in points and 40 race points for total 50 points and everyone that ran lower mains will get
points according to finish. If A-Main is at least ½ way through and called for weather then race
will be considered finished and all drivers will get points according to finish.

 

Hosting Club’s Responsibilities
Each hosting club is responsible to provide the following:
• Race Director - unless MWT has a race director scheduled for your event – need to confirm
(MWT paid position)
• Flagger – unless MWT has a flagger scheduled for your event – need to confirm (MWT paid
position)
• Assistant Race Director – club must provide MWT does not hire this position
• Spotter – Highly recommended as another set of eyes however not required - club must
provide MWT does not hire this position
• Tower – need 2 more scorers and a lap counter in addition to MWT tower personnel
• Pit Steward
• Tech Director – to assist MWT Tech Director
• Safety Director
• Rookie Director
• Photographer/Volunteer Picture Taker (Victory Lane photos & race day photos)
• Corner Workers (club preferred but can utilize 1-4 cars in current race)
• All necessary paperwork for sign-ins for classes, practice sheets, pill draw numbers, paper
numbers, wristbands for pit pass (MWT provides paperwork for scoring & race lineups - club
must provide workers for sign-ins)

 

Revisions:
4/2009 – Created.
• Banquet Kalahari Nov. 14
2/2010
- Added Midwest Thunder logo
- Added 2010 dates
- Added paragraph about MWT Series assessment fee
- Changed the number of classes a driver may enter per weekend. Was three (3)
- Corrected miscellaneous spelling and grammar errors
- Changed the number of cars that constitute a class (was four). Added “if there are less than 3
cars signing in for any class
that class will not be included in the race day event.”.
- Added race setup instructions for heat race events
- Added race setup instructions for National or District race events
- Banquet Kalahari Dec. 4
1/2011
• Little Kalamazoo added as a MWT club
• Banquet Great Wolf Lodge – Cincinnati Oct. 29
1/2012
• Added additional information about MWT Series assessment fee $40 - $25 club / $15 MWT
• Added additional information about dual GNT/MWT races $50 - $10 club/ $5 MWT / $35 USAC
• Deleted National race event set up
• Deleted Semi races and changed to Lower Mains
• Adjusted warm up times to match template
• Changed Rookie references to Saturday.
• Αdded each club has $600 to pay their workers (Race Director $400 & Flagger $200)
• Changed MWT laps to match USAC laps
• Changed car count to match USAC 1 -12. If have more than 8 cars in a class MWT is running
2 heats
• Added Hosting Club responsibilities
• Added person to see during a MWT event when an issue is Club President otherwise MWT
President/VP
• Capitol (Lansing) added as a MWT club
• Mini-Indy added as a MWT club
• Banquet Kalahari Nov. 10 Present awards combined for drivers
1/25/13
• Deleted additional information about due GNT/MWT races
• Added exception for Rookies where 3 cars constitute a class
• Update Laps to match USAC

 

• Revised Order of Finish
• Club President is responsible at each MWT event but if have issue with Club President may go
to MWT President.
• Assistant Race Director must have experience on the larger classes.
• Note that the tower may have a red flag issued to review any change of rules. Tower, Race
Director and Flagger must all
agree ready to race. Must stop the race any time have to get out the rulebook to review.
• Changed Car Class Count to 1 – 12 (added note if more than 8 cars then adding additional
heat)
• Added additional language to show Chief Steward rulings.
• Changed Flagrant call points to receive sing-in points and race finish points.
• Awards – Must run 6 races per class to receive to receive a trophy can buy missing races to
receive trophy with exception
to class progression. Must run 6 events to receive a jacket/sweatshirt can buy missing events to
receive jacket/sweatshirt.
• Rain Issues – If make changes to car while waiting for rain delay, must let official know before
any changes are made and
car will also go the tail at start.
• If race is ½ way through and is called due to weather, the race will be treated as if the race
was timed out. Each driver
will receive points based on the last completed lap. If race is not more than ½ way through, then
each driver will receive
10 points.
• Wording changed DNF for points awarded, DQ for non-points .
• Duties of the Chief Steward review of Appendix II;
1. A) Flagrant or Deliberate Rough Driving – DQ
2. B) All 4 Wheels under the speed breakers to gain an advantage – DQ
3. C) Disobeying Flag – DQ
4. D) Signaling by Hander to Driver under green flag – DQ
5. E) Car being operated in an unsafe manner – DNF
6. F) Making adjustments or repairs on the racetrack - DQ
7. G) Third chargeable STRIKE – DNF
8. H) Improper wearing of safety equipment – DQ
9. I) Defensive Driving (Blocking) – DNF
10. J) Loss of driver related safety items – DNF
11. K) Liberation of fluids under green or yellow flag – DNF
12. L) Loss of ballast during a race – DNF
• Procedures for what is to be said over raceceiver:
1. 1 to go / Nose to tail / Yellow/ Red
2. When a black flag is given – may state warning as long as not in racing condition
3. Used to assist in line up
4. Inform them of who received the strike
5. Line up is good
6. Inform them if a car is in the pits
7. Rookies: may walk them through more and use their names with numbers
• Feature winner stickers to be made.
• MMRA added as a MWT club
• Voted that no more clubs will be added to MWT. Limit is 9 clubs. If a club was to leave than a
club could be added to
replace that club.
• Banquet Kalahari Nov. 23 added pizza buffet

 

2/10/13
• Moved World Formula class to Saturday – removed from Sunday
• Added sentence on no refueling under canopy staging lanes or with driver in car
• Hosting Club’s responsibilities. Added photographer to responsibility.
• Hosting club that does not provide necessary positions required during a MWT event per the
board, that club may not be
welcome to participate in the MWT series anymore.
• Dave Foster with Eric Rankine’s approval will update the website for MWT going forward.
• Insurance: Need to add Midwest Thunder Series, Inc. to club policies.
• Added Black Flag Rule for Flagrant Rough Driving
• MWT Board would make decision at MWT event pertaining to Appendix I Item 701 Design &
Construction
• Procedures for tires or claiming engines – agreed that need to get all info. and then get it to the
right people to discuss (3
or more club presidents or 3 club tech directors) - MWT board to be responsible. Discuss after
the race.
• Officials can be 16 years old
• Refueling cars in staging lanes Dq’d no points. Changed to no refueling with driver in car or in
hot chute or staging area.
Staging lanes changed to Hot Chute = work area: Staging lanes = canopy area (ready to take
the track).
• Added if a driver fails to accelerate properly at restart after 2 times, then sent to the tail.
• Engine Changing:
1. Need to notify Tech Director & Tower
2. Need to put in our flyer to let them know ahead of time who to tell in addition to the tower
3. Need to introduce officers during handlers meeting
4. Tech Director needs to inform Tower and Race Director to confirm

 

1/2014
• Added clubs can not schedule over other clubs MWT events without filing for a Hardship.
• Need to know who will be representing each club during the MWT races.
• During MWT events the two handlers permitted rule does not need to be enforced unless the
officials believe there is an issue.
• Spending Indy .25 money towards 7 sets of radios for MWT.
• Banquet Kalahari Nov. 1st pizza buffet added guests $5.00 per person. Drivers free

 

2/1/14
• Adopted to use USAC’s Late out Rule. Down and rolling allowed to enter race.
• Added information on out of town drivers not a MWT club member – must pay annual $10 fee.
• Club Tech Director to assist MWT Tech Director but the MWT Tech Director makes the final
call.
• MWT to purchase 100lb weight to be brought to each event to confirm their scales and find
and variable.
• Hardship Rule – Must be looked at case by case but cannot schedule over more than 3 MWT
events.
• Reminder to be on the MWT Board must also be a USAC member.
• Approved to hold a Tech seminar for MWT club Tech Directors paid for by MWT.
• MOC approved for the Hardship rule.

 

4/8/14
• Changed wording from Feature to A Main
• Added responsibility for hosting clubs for Flagger and Race Director
• Kokomo to Host MWT event at Hoosier
• MWT Feature winner sign to be replaced

 

1/25/15
• Changed Car Class Count to 1 – 11
• Changed MWT Tower workers to Kathy and Penny
• Change courtesy laps to 3
• Added non MWT club members must pay $10 MWT fee one time in order to run our series.
• MWT will bring radios, beacon, raceceivers for race director & flagger’s head sets, scale
weights, scoring sheets & line up sheets
• 4 paper numbers per car. Nose, left front by door opening & also rear right & left tail cone.
Must tape down so number is readable and does not flap. Meatball flag can be used to fix
numbers.
• Raceceiver only may be changed if found to not be working when Race Director has a
consultation with driver using the meatball flag.
• Zero Tolerance policy added for all MWT events. Also the track hosting the event will honor all
clubs current suspensions.
• Added the MWT President does not need to be a MWT Club President but must be a full
member of a MWT track and in good standing and a USAC member.
• Added the ability to elect a MWT Vice President – VP President must be a full member of
MWT track and in good standing and a USAC member.
• Restart – single file – nose to tail until past spot. Ok if not totally in straight line
• Changed - No adjustments to car on track, except to turn on fuel

• Rule Change - Four wheels under the line that defines the inner edge of the racing surface.
Must stop before the next turn otherwise DQ (see page 3 of Appendix II)
• Changed Lubrication of fluids. Not DQ’d from race if due to flip or if World Formula/Animal
during incidents still scored as a DNF.
• Added USAC DQ for ( ) DQ
• Changed Hardship Rule – If took past year cannot take next year by the same club (can do
every other year) Promotional events are permitted to be scheduled over a MWT event. If fun or
points race is needed, then club needs to request a hardship rule from the MWT Board.
• MWT T-shirts to be sold at each MWT event. $20 each T-Shirt sponsorship $150 per logo
• Changed if race is not more than ½ way through and called for weather then each driver will
receive 10 sign-in points and 50 finish points that was in the A Main and all other drivers will
receive their finish points according to their lower main finishes. If only Heat races were finished
and lower mains were set points are awarded based on where qualified. If Heat races were not
raced then all drivers receive 10 sign in points plus 50 points for finish.
• Approved Paid Race Officials for 2015: Race Director $400 per weekend, Flagger $200 per
weekend, Two Tower Workers $200 each per weekend
• Approved to hold a Tech seminar for MWT club Tech Directors paid for by MWT.
• Banquet Kalahari Nov. 14 pizza buffet. Guests $5.00 Drivers free

 

2/2015
• Tire testing procedure approved for 2015

 

4/2/2015
• Changed Practice cars from 7 to 5. Took out practice order by sign-in number. Practice by
class only.
• Elected Kathy Nigh as MWT Vice President for 2015

 

7/2015
• Video Taping no longer allowed in the hot chute

 

9/2015
• Buckeye will host MWT Indoor race as a Wild Card race Feb. 19-21 can be used as a
replacement race for one of the outdoor events. Points based on 8 out 9 outdoor events.
• Buckeye will be responsible for all host club responsibilities
• Buckeye will provide insurance and work with the fairgrounds
1. MWT to receive all the money for the Wild Card race
2. MWT will be responsible to pay for rent for 2 days
3. MWT will pay clan-up fees
4. MWT will pay for awards

 

10/2105
• Change courtesy laps to 5
• Clock to be paused once during practice rounds for a caution

 

1/2016
• Changed Car Class Count to 1 – 12
• Changed Tower worker to Penny & Paige
• Changed out of town drivers fee to $25 annually to run our series
• Changed MWT Tech Director to Brian Zbozien
• Tire testing - procedure voted upon at Presidents meeting will be utilized for 2016 season
• Added Modified World Formula to Sunday. USAC specifications or World Formula weights if
USAC does not add as a National class. If not a National class MWT will recognize as a
Light/Heavy class for 2016.
• Approved Paid Race Officials for 2016: Race Director $400 per weekend, Flagger $200 per
weekend, two Tower Workers $200 each per weekend.
• Added to be considered a MWT retiring driver must have raced a minimum of 10 MWT races
of the driver’s career.
• Banquet Kalahari Oct. 28.

 

2/2016
• Approved not using Dot rule at Wild Card race at Indoors
• Approved MWT sponsorship package
• Changed cost of banquet tickets from $5.00 to $10.00. Drivers remain free.
• Approved ordering MWT trophies for Indoor race. Joker card design.
• Approved parking Indoor cost $20.00 per trailer. Must park Friday but can not leave until racing
is completed on Sunday.
• Approved to host a Tech seminar to be held by Steve Baker at a hotel in Toledo on March 5th
paid by MWT.
• Approved Sunday race line up AA’s, Jr. Animal, Sr. Animal, Unr. Animal, MOD, Mod World
Formula.
• Will count only 9 races towards tie-break of a Champion for Midwest Thunder
• Approved not adopting USAC rule Appendix II 1709 #9. Using rule from 2015 instead at all
Midwest Races.
• Approved all 10 races will be counted as Regional races towards USAC’s National
Championship points.

 

1/2017
* Approved indoor parking fee ($20) for Midwest Thunder race on Feb. 18, 2017.
* Approved "Wild Card" race, best 8 of 9 races, it is to replace a bad race attended, Pill draw
must be completed.
* Approved. Signs ins from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., handler meeting at 8:45 a.m., practice starts at 9
a.m., first class to practice MUST bring car to handler meeting.
* Approved. 3 lap work rule (changed from 5)
* Approved Rookies allowed on track if Sat race is rained out, supervised by track rookie
director.
* Approved Rookies are not allowed to move to a competitive class as their first race at a MWT
race.
* Approved Motors may be sealed anytime prior to the completion of your heat race.
* Approved Everyone must cross the scales and meet your minimum required class weight after
heats, lowers and features. Failure to do so, results in a DQ.
* Approved Race director is to be paid $350 per day.
* Approved There will be one tower person paid $100 per day.
* Approved Title sponsorship to decrease to $3000.
* Approved assistant race director to be in the hot chute if the race director is not, during the
races.
* Approved Control test tire sample is no longer required.
* Approved. Heat race tires are to be marked, a number will be pulled at the end of the features,
those heat race and feature tires will be tested.

 

5/17
*Formula Mod refuel at 100 laps from 80.
*Sign in on Sun is from 8:00-8:30.
*Spraying of any type of starting fluid on racetrack is prohibited and will result in a DQ from that
event(heat or feature).
*Midwest Thunder will have spotters to watch for hand signals from the hot chute during green
flag racing. It will be and automatic DQ from the current racing event (heat or feature).
*Starting early or jumping the start on a single file restart will result in a warning for the first
offense, second offense you will be moved to the tail.

 

1/2018
*Approved Any driver that is deemed intentionally causing a caution can be considered
unsportsman like conduct per USAC rule book.
*Approved Remove the wording "will cause strike" from the rule of faulty raceceiver. Revision

Jan 25, 2015.
*Approved Hire a 3rd tower worker for the 2018 race season
*Approved Engine dq from tech can not be thrown out in points along with illegal tire and fuel
dq, can not race the next Midwest Thunder race and/or for the next 35 days.
*Approved red rookie must run locked at all times.
*Approved Red rookie will not be charged a dot violation unless the car advances it position.
*Approved Permanent time limit on heats (15 min), lowers (20 min) and mains (45 min).
*Approved As of Jan 1, 2019, an independent suspension and /or cantilever system car will no
longer be permitted to participate at a Midwest Thunder event.

 

1/2019 Rule Changes
- MWT will not abide by USAC Gas Cap Rule Appendix 1 - 706A
- MWT is looking for more data from USAC proving the safety of new gas cap
- Fuel vent line must run out the left side of the car above the bottom frame rail, but
no more than 1” above belly pan, must extend a minimum of 2” and be securely
fastened.
- MWT will not abide by USAC rule Appendix 1 - 720h regarding in-car video cameras.

- All in-car video cameras must be mounted securely within the role cage or
downtubes on the right side of the driver behind the centerline of the helmet.
- MWT will use their own approved lab for all testing. (Gas, oil, tires)
- MWT will not allow any current or former quarter midget governing body official or
employee to hold any MWT officer position (ie. President, Vice President, Treasurer,
Secretary) within 5 years of said employment.
- Wild Card Race to be held at Central Ohio on April 13-14
- Wild card race is to replace a worse finish of a race you actually raced in, per
class, not weekend.
- Wild Card race does not replace a race you did not attend.
- Wild card race may not replace a tech DQ
- Entrance fees raised to $45 per car
- split as $17.50 to MWT and $27.50 to hosting club.
- MWT will have only 2 paid tower workers
- 3rd scorer and lap counter is responsibility of host club
- MWT Will have Josh Diehl and Justin Reniger as as Co-Vice Presidents
- 2019 MWT Officers:
- President - Larry McNulty
- Vice President(s) - Josh Diehl & Justin Reniger
- Secretary - Jen Venezia
- Treasurer - Missy Elliott

 

3/2019
- Red Rookie max car count 6
- Blue Rookie max car count 8
- Rookie time limit increased to 20 minutes
- Warm up prior to A-Main reduced to 30 seconds with clock stopping 1 time for caution
- Wording changed regarding tire warming devices: Tire warming devices of any kind (tire
warmers, hot boxes, tire covers, any other device used to warm tires) are NOT allowed
on the on the grounds of the racing facility in the staging lanes or hot chute area . The
use of heat guns are allowed to clean tires but will not be allowed in the hot chute or
staging lanes.
- All Qualifying information removed as MWT no longer qualifies for starting position.
- RAIN OUT POINTS: If race is called anytime before lower mains are finished for that
class, everyone in that class will receive 10 sign in points and 40 race points for 50 total
points. If lower mains are completed and A-Mains are set, then all drivers in the A-Main
lineup, including the alternate, will get 10 sign in points and 40 race points for total 50
points and everyone that ran lower mains will get points according to finish. If A-Main is
at least ½ way through and called for weather then race will be considered finished and
all drivers will get points according to finish.

 

Last Edited 3/2019 JV

 

BRE4.pngPROVOS.pngTEMPO.pngadvanced3.pngafco.pngbnc_chassis2.pngbull.pngchol.pngcsi.pngfCPG2.pngpa_ADJUSTERS.pngrob_stan.pngvictory.pngxccell.png

FEEL THE THUNDER

Next Race

Next Event

MMRA-Waterford, MI

May 25-26, 2019

Format

 4770 Waterford Rd

Clarkston, MI 48346

Save

Save

Save

2019 Race Winners

Driver Profile

Driver

 

Guests Online

We have 5 guests and no members online